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Geoffrey Douglas (book)
Angelo Pizzo (written by)
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The match against England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 19, 1950 was "the game of their lives". See more »
Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no US team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs. | Add synopsis »
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Gerard Butler ... Frank Borghi

Wes Bentley ... Walter Bahr

Jay Rodan ... Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace

Gavin Rossdale ... Stanley Mortensen

Costas Mandylor ... Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo

Louis Mandylor ... Gino Pariani

Zachery Ty Bryan ... Harry Keough (as Zachery Bryan)

Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Joe Gaetjens

Richard Jenik ... Joe Maca
Nelson Vargas ... John 'Clarkie' Souza
Craig Hawksley ... Walter Giesler

Bill Smitrovich ... Admiral Higgins

Patrick Stewart ... Older Dent McSkimming

Terry Kinney ... Dent McSkimming

John Rhys-Davies ... Bill Jeffrey (as John Rhys Davies)

Maria Bertrand ... Rosemary Borghi
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Fara Borghi
Thomas Charles Simmons ... Joe Calcaterra (as Thomas C. Simmons)
Julie Granata ... Janet Capiello

Mike Bacarella ... Silvio Capiello
Tia Marrie ... Alma Flores (as Tia Marie)
Ricardo Gutierrez ... Salvador Flores

Mike Nussbaum ... Johnny Abruzzo
Brooke Edwards ... Fiora Abruzzo
Nino Da Silva ... Eddie Sousa
John Harkes ... Ed McIlvenny
Sal E. Polizzi ... The Priest (as Rev. Msgr. Sal E. Polizzi)
Adriana Fazio ... The Widow

Deborah Corday ... Woman
S.G. Stratigos ... Referee (Simpkins)

Tom Brainard ... Lieutenant Austin
Gus V. Torregrossa ... The Barber of the Hill

Joe Erker ... "Chubby" Lyons
Derk Droze ... Bobby Annis
Brad Coburn ... Bobby Ravisi
Amanda Kennedy ... Adriana Ravisi
Tim Vickery ... BBC Announcer World Cup Game
Darren Michael Marold ... Simpkins Player
Whitney Wheelock ... Goalie
Sean Wheelock ... Sportscaster
Walter Bahr ... Himself
Frank Borghi ... Himself
Harry Keough ... Himself
Gino Pariani ... Himself
John Souza ... Himself (as John 'Clarkie' Souza)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jaxon Stanford ... NY Press Photographer

Stephen Alexander ... Sideline Cameraman (uncredited)

James E. Ash ... All-Star Game Head Referee (uncredited)

Patrick Belics ... Grocery Delivery Boy (uncredited)

Vanna Bonta ... Italian Bride (uncredited)
Ian Carrington ... English Coach (uncredited)

Shawn I. Chevalier ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Bryan Deehring ... Soccer Player #1 (uncredited)
Kenn Drescher ... Reporter (uncredited)

Pamela Fischer ... Woman in Press Box (uncredited)

Rosemary Garris ... Fan (uncredited)
Todd Gwin ... Intense Fan (uncredited)

Rick Kain ... Referee (uncredited)
Paul Lancia ... Simpkins #11 (uncredited)

Brenna McDonough ... Woman in Press Box (uncredited)
Rob Miley ... Simpkins #14 (uncredited)
Alex Moore ... Sports Reporter (uncredited)
Sarah Maria Newman ... Wedding Singer (uncredited)
Candace Nicol ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Paul M. Nolan ... Score Keeper Assistant (uncredited)

Chelsea O'Toole ... Soccer Fan (uncredited)

Eddie Perino ... Supporting (uncredited)
Patrick Rooney ... Jeremy Wellfleet (uncredited)

Riley Schmidt ... Simpkins Ford Soccer Player (uncredited)
Dave Schuetz ... Spectator at the Fence (uncredited)

Gary Sedlock ... St. Louis Spectator Behind Coaches / Spectator in New York (uncredited)

Sean Skyler ... Soccer Fan (uncredited)

Deborah S. Smith ... Soccer Player Wife (uncredited)

Tymica Spiller ... Spectator (uncredited)

Towanda Underdue ... Soccer Player Wife (uncredited)
Jani Vorwerk ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
David Anspaugh 
Writing credits
Geoffrey Douglas (book)

Angelo Pizzo (written by)

Produced by
Howard Baldwin .... producer
Karen Elise Baldwin .... producer (as Karen Baldwin)
Ira Deutchman .... co-producer
Tereza Gonzalez .... executive producer
Olivia Guimaraes .... line producer: Brazil (as Olívia Guimarães Castro)
Kevin Halloran .... line producer: Washington, D.C.
Billy Higgins .... line producer
William J. Immerman .... executive producer
Greg Johnson .... producer
Nick Morton .... co-producer
Peter Newman .... producer
Ginger T. Perkins .... producer
Angelo Pizzo .... co-producer
Original Music by
William Ross 
Cinematography by
Johnny E. Jensen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ian Crafford 
Lee Grubin 
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
M. Scott Smith  (as Scott Smith)
Casting by
Amanda Mackey  (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)
Cathy Sandrich  (as Cathy Sandrich Gelfond)
Production Design by
Linda Burton 
Art Direction by
Michael Atwell 
Set Decoration by
David Smith 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
Makeup Department
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C.
Deborah K. Dee .... key makeup artist (as Deborah Dee)
Barbara Lacy .... makeup dept head: D.C.
Maria Lucia Mattos .... hair stylist: Brazil (as Maria Lúcia Mattos)
Vicky Phillips .... key hair stylist
Vavá Torres .... makeup artist: Brazil
Adruitha Lee .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Theresa Miller .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Eileen Sazama .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lisa Dennis .... post-production supervisor
Billy Higgins .... unit production manager
Anne Johns .... production supervisor: Brazil
Joel C. Peterson .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ferro .... first assistant director: Washington D.C.
Anne Pinheiro Guimarães .... first assistant director
Stephanie Lovell .... second second assistant director: Washington, DC
Tatiana Maciel .... second second assistant director
Bradley Morris .... second second assistant director
Barbara M. Ravis .... second assistant director
Rafael Salgado .... second assistant director
Stacy Schrader .... dga trainee
Gigi Soares .... second assistant director
Chris Stoia .... first assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second assistant director: Washington DC
Art Department
Chris Benson .... on-set dresser
Cat Cacciatore .... property assistant
Mike Carrillo .... property master
Benjamin Edelberg .... set designer
Daniel Flaksman .... stand-by art director
Greg Goad .... set dresser
Isabel Gouvêa .... art producer
Amy Graham .... set dresser
Juliana Guedes .... art department assistant
Emily Haack .... on-set props assistant
Daniel Hirsh .... art department intern
Brent Jaimes .... set dresser
Scott Jenkins .... graphic artist
Bobby Kirk .... set dresser
Paul Knubley .... set dresser
Oswaldo Lioi .... set designer
Tiago Marques Teixeira .... assistant set designer
David McCahan .... swing gang
Scot Terry .... conceptual artist
William Tonn .... set dresser
Jim Tudor .... set dresser
Pedro von Tiesenhausen .... assistant property master
Michele Waldfogel .... art department coordinator: St Louis
Michele Waldfogel .... clearance and research
Clark Woodman .... assistant property master
Kelsey Lapoint .... on-set painter (uncredited)
Renata Otomura .... assistant art department coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Shader .... on-set props assistant (uncredited)
David Tennenbaum .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Chock .... supervising sound editor
Robert Eber .... production sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Avram D. Gold .... dialog & adr editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist
Robert Morrisey .... assistant sound editors
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Rob Nokes .... additional sound recordist
Rob Nokes .... voiceover recordist
Ralph Osborn .... adr editor
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer
Kira Roessler .... adr supervisor
Nick Shaffer .... sound effects recordist
Andy Sisul .... assistant sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
David Williams .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Mauricio Couto Bevilaqua .... special effects technician
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
Dave Rutherford .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brian Corpus .... technical operations manager: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Nicky Ladas .... IT manager
Nicky Ladas .... film scanner operator
Kim Pearce .... senior systems administrator
Sérgio Schmid .... visual effects supervisor
David Stump .... visual effects supervisor
James D. Tittle .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Amato .... electrician
Bill Brao .... camera operator
Toti Cardoso .... electrician
Thomas S. Ciciura .... assistant camera: St. Louis
Jason Cleaveland .... grip
Dan Gartner .... rigging electrician
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... best boy electric
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... rigging gaffer
James Goldman .... film loader
Ted Gregg .... electrician
Ted Gregg .... grip
Tim Hawn .... rigging grip
Marty Hechinger .... electrician
Tim Hennessy .... camera loader: Washington D.C.
Scott Inge .... first assistant camera: "b" camera: Washington D.C.
John Johnson .... still photographer
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer
Dave Kube .... rigging electrician
Trevor Loomis .... key first assistant camera
Ulisses Malta Jr. .... electrician
David L. Merrill .... key grip
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross .... best boy grip
Alexandre Ramos .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Adam Reisz .... grip
Eric Ritter .... gang boss
Scott Ronnow .... second assistant camera
Martina Rupp .... second assistant camera
David D. Scott .... video engineer
John Sennott .... electrician
Paulo Souza .... gaffer
Jack Thomas .... gang boss
Gisele Tolomelli .... grip translator
Jerry Wheat .... electrician
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip
Matt Zschoche .... electrician
Aaron Judlowe .... electrician (uncredited)
R. Samul .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... additional casting: Chicago
Ruy Brito .... additional casting: Brazil
Sig De Miguel .... casting associate: US
Carrie Houk .... additional casting: St. Louis (as Carrie Houck)
Caitlin McKenna .... voice casting
Olivia Rabacov .... additional casting: Brazil
Mônica Teixeira .... additional casting: Brazil (as Monica Teixeira)
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate: US
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Cusumano .... production assistant: costumes, St. Louis
Deb Dalton .... costume supervisor: Washington D.C.
Erin Haigh .... costume department intern
Jennifer Losi .... costume production assistant
Elaine McGhee .... set costumer
Robin Roberts .... key costumer
Roric Ruegsegger .... costume assistant
Michael A. Russell .... costume supervisor
Cricket Vandover .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor
Anthony Durazzo .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer
Jeff Williams .... assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Location Management
Cindy Duarte .... location assistant
Daniel V. Kinkade .... location manager
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... location assistant
Bill Parmentier .... location assistant
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Lindsay Fellows .... music supervisor
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Jim Harrison .... music editor
Lesley Langs .... music editor: temp
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Christopher S. Parker .... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Dan 'the Mayor' Cowden .... transportation
Glenn Korbesmeyer .... driver: transportation department
Tom Phillips .... transportation operations
Other crew
Julia Berreto Kos .... assistant: David Anspaugh, Brazil
Kristine Bochum .... second assistant accountant: post-production
Rebecca Bossen .... dialect coach
Tom Brainard .... soccer player coordinator
Ilana Brakarz .... production assistant
Trisha Burton .... script supervisor
Clara Cardoso .... production intern
Caryn Cheever .... co-first assistant accountant
Tony Cypres .... assistant accountant: Rio de Janeiro
Neil Daly .... athletic instructor
Cris De Arce .... set key production assistant
Larry Donahue .... caterer
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Gino Falla .... assistant accountant
Stuart Fink .... publicist
Patrick Fisher .... production assistant
Scott Foster .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Michael Frisella .... production assistant
Kenny Gallagher .... second assistant accountant
Raul Guterres .... production executive
John Harkes .... additional soccer consultant and coach
Amy Hartweger .... production assistant
Keith Hueffmeier .... location department intern
Anne Johns .... production coordinator: St. Louis, MO
C. David Jones .... key set production assistant
Ricardo Karam .... production assistant
Drew Langer .... production assistant
Rick Larsen .... soccer trainer
Heather Midgley .... assistant: David Anspaugh, USA
Tom Nicoll .... production assistant
Tony Niknejadi .... production assistant
Rosemary Orlando .... assistant production coordinator
Patrick Tendai Pfupajena .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Stephanie Raven .... massage therapist
Vicki Dee Rock .... production executive
Joe Rodriguez .... stand-in: Gerard Butler
Bryan Schmidt .... production assistant: locations
Anne Scott .... first assistant accountant
Andrew J. Stratmann .... production assistant
Steve Theiss .... office production assistant
Lynda Van Damm .... production controller
Drew Vandervelde .... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Matthew Vitel .... cook
Johnny Weeston .... accounting assistant
Eric Wynalda .... soccer consultant and coach
Jonathan Zurer .... producer: Washington D.C.
Dianne E. Collins .... distribution executive (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Miracle Match" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Composer Jerry Goldsmith was set to write the musical score before his untimely death.See more »
Anachronisms: When Frank, Gino, and Pee-Wee walk in the street after leaving the bar, they are shown walking past an aluminum vertical sliding garage door. These were not in existence during this time period, rather they were wooden horizontal doors that opened outward.See more »
Movie Connections:
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61 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
This will be more than a just soccer movie., 17 May 2004
Author: dunne from Saint Louis Missouri

This film records the most unlikely upset in World Cup history, the 1-0 United States defeat of England in the Brazilian mining city of Belo Horizonte ("Beautiful Horizon"), 300 miles north of Rio di Janeiro, on June 29, 1950. The United States was a team of part time amateurs who were drawn against the mighty English squad, playing in its first World Cup and determined to show the world their mastery of the game they had invented. Football fans who saw the score reported assumed the score line was a typographical error, as it was unthinkable that the US could even stay with, much less defeat, an English side which featured some of the games all time great players, including Billy Wright, Sir Stanley Matthews (who sat out the match), Stan Mortenson and Wilf Mannion. London bookmakers offered odds of 500-1 against such an preposterous event. The New York Times refused to run the score when it was first reported, deeming it a hoax.

The US team was a collection of first generation American soccer players drawn mainly from club teams on the east coast and included five St. Louisans, four of whom grew up in the "Hill" neighborhood of South St. Louis: goalie Frank Borghi, fullback Frank Colombo, forward Gino Pariani, and midfielder Frank "Pee Wee" Wallace, and also the long time St. Louis University soccer coach, halfback Harry Keough. The US had only one full time professional player on its roster, Hugh McIllvenny from Scotland. They had played together only two weeks when they departed for Brazil. They'd lost to Italy in a World Cup warm up by the score of 9-0, and had been defeated by Spain in the World Cup opener 3-1.

It was reported that the American players were so confident that victory was unlikely that several of them were out late the night before the game enjoying themselves and sported hangovers at the opening kickoff. Borghi was quoted afterwards as saying he was hoping to hold the English to five or six goals. The English team poured forward, firing shot after shot at goalie Borghi, but could not score. Six minutes before half time, U.S. center forward Joe Gaetgens, a Haitian born dishwasher living in New York, redirected with a lunging header a shot by half back Walter Bahr, who is himself, incidentally, the long time Penn State soccer coach and the father of NFL placekickers and former Penn State soccer players Chris and Matt Bahr. The misdirected shot beat England keeper Bert Williams, and the single goal stood up through a second half where the Americans withstood constant English pressure and numerous near misses, including three shots off the woodwork.

The Brazilian crowd thoroughly enjoyed the failures of the pretournament favorites and carried the US team off the field after the final whistle. The game was noteworthy for the complete lack of interest in the result by the American press and public. The only American reporter at the game, Dent McSkimming of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, used his vacation time and paid his own way to Brazil to cover the game.

Author Geoffrey Douglas' book advances the premise that the victory was not a fluke when one considers the character and promise of the winning American players, as evidenced by the upstanding and honorable men they came to be.

Trivia: the English national soccer team has never again worn blue shirts they wore against the US in that game.

The film was shot on location in St. Louis and Brazil, and features former US National Soccer Team Captain John Harkes as a consultant and soccer playing extra.

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